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Alright, so the weekend has hit and you’re ready for some drinks.

Why not go au naturale, and try something non-alcoholic? A refreshing, fermented tea, perhaps?

Relax, the tea will get you buzzed (in a healthy, euphoric way), it has amazing health benefits (although not scientifically proven), and it actually tastes good.

Kombucha is a tea with bacteria (don’t worry it is brewed and you’d never know by how good it is) that tastes slightly carbonated and fizzy — depending on the brand you buy — and is known for improving your state of being. Many advocates say it has improved physical and mental ailments — some as extreme as cancer.

G.T.’s Organic Raw Kombucha tea is my personal favorite. They have many different flavors from multi-green to fruity. I like the Synergy passion. The fizziness is subtle, but gives the drink a little more kick than the average iced tea. And after drinking a bottle, I feel revitalized and full of energy.

You can buy it in organic or health food stores or online — I pick mine up from the local all-vegan restaurant, Strong Hearts, which is right below my yoga studio. I used to get it from Henry’s in California (where I’m originally from), but hadn’t found it out here until I started yoga. It is the drink of all the yogis at CNY Yoga.

Check out this link for how to brew Kombucha. There’s even courses you can sign up for.

So ladies, instead of sippin’ on a pomegranate martini tonight, why not try a pomegranate Kombucha?

It won’t give you a hangover the next morning — it’ll actually clear your head.

Yoga high: 0.5 (yes, Kombucha gives you a little zinger)

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Namaste.

The term is a familiar yoga term, but what does it mean? Hatha yoga uses Sanskrit — a language very unfamiliar to me — and it can be a little tricky to decipher. The studio I go to uses only Sanksrit to call out the poses in the advanced class (hence why I had to leave when I attempted to challenge myself). After three weeks, I’m slowly becoming familiar with the names of poses in English and Sanskrit.

My instructor sometimes can only give the class rough Sanskrit translations because it doesn’t smoothly translate into English, making learning it even more tricky.

For instance, at the end of each class we say “namaste,” which roughly means I bow to you.

Here’s a list of yoga definitions from the ethical teachings of yoga that fall under the yama — meaning restraint and to avoid — which is the first level of eight to living in yoga integrity.

Ahimsa – nonviolence; this means not thinking, speaking, or wishing ill-will on yourself, anyone else, or anything.

Satya – truthfulness; this means only speaking what is good for all on Earth.

Asteya – non-stealing; this means not desiring or taking anyone’s thoughts, words, or possessions — no matter how small they are.

Brahmacharya – moderation; this means practicing activities that support growth and transformation, doing nothing in excess.

Aparigraha – non-attachment; this means being free of worldly desires and living simply.

So, as I embark on my quest for mental clarity, I also set out to achieve the following in the yama level; living in simplicity and integrity.

Namaste.

Yoga high: 0